Disaster Comes

Jehoshaphat follows the call of God in 1 Chronicles 7:14. He reacts to his sin and Jehu’s exhortation with humility rather than arrogance and pride. His first steps indicate that the king recognized the root cause of his sin was a neglect of God’s Word that led to independence from God. He commissions teachers, priests...

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A Renewed Commitment

Little did Jehoshaphat know that his response to Jehu’s rebuke was preparing him for the battle of all battles. Rather than imprison Jehu as King Ahab had imprisoned Micaiah for speaking truth, Jehoshaphat humbles himself and rebuilds the spiritual foundation of his country. Just as he did at the beginning of his reign…

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Nevertheless

Weary, emotionally exhausted, in wonder at the close call of losing his life, filthy from battle, maybe wary of how God will treat him after this debacle of a battle, Jehoshaphat starts toward home. A man on a pilgrimage, wanting to hope but knowing he deserves no mercy from his God…

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An Evil Alliance

On the heels of describing the enormous accomplishments and prosperity Jehoshaphat enjoyed because of God’s blessings, this godly King makes an alliance with Ahab, the evil king of Israel. Yes, this is the same Ahab whose wife was Jezebel. Political alliances in that age were common, but God called…

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Jehoshaphat’s Story

At thirty-five years of age, Jehoshaphat follows in his father’s footsteps and becomes King of Judah after his father’s death. He also follows his father in the way he immediately takes steps to fortify the country and continues to build a strong spiritual foundation. Jehoshaphat takes stock..

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Jehoshaphat

Over the past few weeks we peeked into the lives of Anna, Hannah and Mary. Although we only got a glimpse into one period of their lives, we learned that their practices of worship and trusting God prepared them for unexpected life crises. Their auto responses to shattering…

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Call Back

During the worst days and months of my grief journey, my default mode was to turn to close friends for help. Through them God kept His promise that He would make His people a blessing to others. They became God’s “promise keepers”. God designed community to be a place of blessing and encouragement…

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Heirs

As I have dug deeper into the lives of Anna, Hannah and Mary, I am struck by the tangible demonstration of the promises of the Covenant and why theology matters every day, but especially when life comes crashing down around us…

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Mary’s Song

Though Mary never met Hannah, Mary’s song of praise parallels Hannah’s worship song. I like the idea of Hannah “mentoring” Mary through the record of Scripture and now Mary mentoring millions of women through the scriptural record of her response to the miraculous birth of Jesus…

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Hannah’s Song

Hannah’s song requires much more than a devotional in order to unpack the rich doctrines and joy that drives its way out of Hannah’s heart and into these beautiful words. Remember that Eli could not hear Hannah’s lament for a son, but in this worship song, Hannah publicly and openly declares God’s…

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